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For Immediate Release
September 8, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on a matter previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

Specific released documents placed on the public record within the following closed MURs are cited following DISPOSITION heading. Release of these documents is consistent with the district court opinion in the December 19, 2001, decision of AFL-CIO v. FEC.

1. MUR 4313  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Coalition for Good Government, Inc.

(b) Paul Tudor Jones, II

(c) Lugar for President, Inc., Patrick J. Kiely, treasurer

(d) Honorable Richard Lugar

(e) Tudor Investment Corporation

  COMPLAINANT: United States Sugar Corporation
  SUBJECT: Failure to file independent expenditure reports; disclaimer; corporate contribution; excessive contribution; exceeding annual contribution limit
  DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $ 9,000 civil penalty*

[re: failure to file independent expenditure reports; disclaimer]

(b) Probable cause to believe, but took no further action*

[re: corporate contributions; excessive contributions;

exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit]

(c-d) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the law]

(e) No reason to believe

[re: corporate contribution]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counselís Report (dated October 18, 1996, certification of vote by Commissioners (dated October 29, 1996), certification of vote by Commissioners (dated December 3, 2002), Conciliation Agreement, receipt of payment (dated November 6, 2002)



*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint 3. "Probable cause" stage
2. "Reason to believe" stage 4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint. If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.

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